Adult Outpatient Services

At McLean Hospital, we recognize that you may need short-term outpatient care during difficult times in your life. We offer a wide range of outpatient services for adults coping with mental health issues.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.2300.

Led by Program Director Diane Bedell, LICSW, our outpatient services are available for those who are stepping down from more intensive levels of care at McLean. However, additional openings may be available based on staff availability.

Treatment Approach

McLean’s treatment philosophy places a strong emphasis on patient education, and patients in our clinics are encouraged to function as partners in their own treatment.

Our approach to outpatient treatment is focused on comprehensive evaluation and stabilization. Care is tailored to the individual’s medical and personal needs and preferences.

A number of specialty outpatient programs focused on talk therapy—individual, group, couple, and family—are available including:

  • Alcohol, Drug, and Addiction Outpatient Program
  • Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Outpatient Clinic
  • Gunderson Outpatient Program
  • McLean OnTrackTM

Most clinical services provided are designed to be short-term. Should longer-term treatment be necessary, we will assist you in finding appropriate community resources. Some longer-term treatment is provided in the form of group therapy and through services supported the residency training program.

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McLean’s Adult Outpatient Services are located on the Belmont campus in the Service Building

Medication evaluation and management is a specialty of McLean. In addition, some patients may benefit from participation in drug trials. Experimental medications are provided at no cost to patients.

A number of important outpatient diagnostics services are also offered by McLean, including a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center.

Admission & Cost


McLean’s Adult Outpatient Services are mainly available for individuals who are stepping down from more intensive levels of care at McLean. However, additional openings may be available based on staff availability.

For further information about our program, please contact our admissions coordinator:

Phone: 617.855.2300

Please note: due to very high demand for services, we may not be able to accommodate all requests. We will respond to inquiries as quickly as possible, but there may be some delay in returning telephone calls.


McLean accepts Medicare, Massachusetts Medicaid, and many private insurance and managed care plans.

More information on insurance providers accepted by McLean Hospital may be found on the Mass General Brigham website. You may also find it beneficial to review McLean’s patient billing and financial assistance information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the Adult Outpatient Services located?

The program is located on the Belmont campus, in the Service Building. For more information on directions, parking, and local accommodations, please visit our Maps & Directions page.

Who benefits most from the Adult Outpatient Services?

Our program covers the full range of outpatient services for adults with conditions such as alcohol and drug addiction, depression, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.

Is family involved in treatment?

With the request of the individual, family can be included. Most often families participate in treatment for borderline personality disorder or older adult mental health diagnoses.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is allowed in designated outdoor areas only. No smoking is allowed inside any of our buildings.

Are cell phones allowed?

Cell phone use is strongly discouraged during treatment and in the waiting room to prevent disruption of the program and others.

Can former patients access their medical records?

All requests for medical records should be directed to McLean’s Health Information Management Department.

Are support groups offered?

To complement our programs’ services and encourage individuals’ initiatives in their own treatment course, many self-help groups are hosted by McLean.